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Witness says Pistorius asked friend to take blame in separate gun incident

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 - 01:17

March 5 - Day three of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial sees a witness who says the track star asked a friend to take the blame for a gun incident a month before the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As crowds surround "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius on his way out of court Wednesday, news of day three's testimony quickly spreads. Pistorius, who is charged with murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, told a friend to take the blame for a separate firearms incident a month earlier, according to testimony. Here's boxer Kevin Lerena, who was with Pistorius in January 2013 when a pistol was accidentally fired at a Johannesburg restaurant. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WITNESS, KEVIN LERENA, SAYING: "I don't know what happened, how the gun went off, but he did apologize and say 'I'm so sorry it was a mistake, are you ok? Is everybody ok?' I do remember Oscar saying 'Please' to Darren, "Please, just say it was you, I don't want any attention around me, just say it was you.' And then once that was said the people from the restaurant came to the table and then that's what Darren said it was him." The prosecution is attempting to portray the South African Olympic and Paralympic track star as a gun-obsessed hot-head. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the Steenkamp murder, saying it was a tragic error and he mistook her for an intruder. He also pleaded not guilty to the restaurant gun charge.

Witness says Pistorius asked friend to take blame in separate gun incident

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 - 01:17

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